The 10 Maryland Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Maryland have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Maryland is 1,773,702 - at 29.4% of the total population of Maryland.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Maryland? Which cities and towns in Maryland have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population in 2022:

  1. District Heights
  2. Glenarden
  3. Bladensburg
  4. Baltimore
  5. New Carrollton
  6. Bowie
  7. Laurel
  8. Cheverly
  9. Mount Rainier
  10. Greenbelt

What's the blackest city in Maryland? District Heights took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Maryland for 2022. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Maryland ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Maryland or the most diverse places in Maryland.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Maryland For 2022

1. District Heights

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Population: 5,996
% African American: 90.96%
# Of African American Residents: 5,454
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.84%
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District Heights, MD

2. Glenarden

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Population: 6,158
% African American: 83.57%
# Of African American Residents: 5,146
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.88%
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Glenarden, MD

3. Bladensburg

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Population: 9,428
% African American: 67.98%
# Of African American Residents: 6,409
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.28%
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Bladensburg, MD

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4. Baltimore

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 602,274
% African American: 61.56%
# Of African American Residents: 370,749
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.65%
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Baltimore, MD

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5. New Carrollton

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Population: 12,925
% African American: 57.97%
# Of African American Residents: 7,493
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.07%
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New Carrollton, MD

6. Bowie

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Population: 58,158
% African American: 54.91%
# Of African American Residents: 31,934
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.36%
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Bowie, MD

7. Laurel

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Population: 25,734
% African American: 49.81%
# Of African American Residents: 12,817
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.01%
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Laurel, MD

8. Cheverly

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Population: 6,439
% African American: 47.06%
# Of African American Residents: 3,030
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.42%
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Cheverly, MD

9. Mount Rainier

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 8,149
% African American: 44.85%
# Of African American Residents: 3,655
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.77%
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Mount Rainier, MD

10. Greenbelt

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 23,253
% African American: 44.83%
# Of African American Residents: 10,425
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.06%
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Greenbelt, MD

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Maryland With The Largest Black Population For 2022

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Maryland.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 39 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 91.0% to 0.4%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. District Heights took the distinction of being the most Black, while Ocean City was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Maryland ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Summary: Black Populations Across Maryland

If you're looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Maryland according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least African American places in Maryland:

  1. Ocean City
  2. Thurmont
  3. Hampstead

For more Maryland reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Maryland

Rank City % African American Population
1 District Heights 90.96% 5,996
2 Glenarden 83.57% 6,158
3 Bladensburg 67.98% 9,428
4 Baltimore 61.56% 602,274
5 New Carrollton 57.97% 12,925
6 Bowie 54.91% 58,158
7 Laurel 49.81% 25,734
8 Cheverly 47.06% 6,439
9 Mount Rainier 44.85% 8,149
10 Greenbelt 44.83% 23,253
11 Cambridge 44.45% 12,300
12 Salisbury 39.29% 32,850
13 Takoma Park 35.43% 17,703
14 La Plata 29.87% 9,516
15 Hyattsville 29.81% 18,267
16 Aberdeen 23.06% 15,904
17 Cheste 20.91% 5,073
18 Riverdale Park 20.76% 7,216
19 Annapolis 20.75% 39,321
20 Frederick 18.3% 71,843
21 Hagerstown 18.06% 40,027
22 Gaithersburg 17.13% 67,878
23 College Park 17.03% 32,221
24 Havre De Grace 15.97% 13,808
25 Elkton 14.38% 15,653
26 Easton 13.85% 16,589
27 Frostburg 11.52% 8,550
28 Rockville 10.65% 68,155
29 Brunswick 9.88% 6,364
30 Westminster 8.41% 18,649
31 Chesapeake Beach 7.27% 5,996
32 Taneytown 6.29% 6,837
33 Cumberland 5.76% 19,495
34 Walkersville 5.58% 6,306
35 Mount Airy 4.07% 9,439
36 Bel Air 4.0% 10,102
37 Hampstead 1.91% 6,403
38 Thurmont 1.08% 6,783
39 Ocean City 0.37% 6,957

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Maryland with the largest African American population.

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